DVM360 MAGAZINE, Apr 1, 2007 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Apr 1, 2007
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Spay or pay
By Jennifer Fiala
Sacramento, Calif. — A controversial bill pushing the nation's first statewide mandate to sterilize dogs and cats pits California shelter leaders against breeders and spurs bitter debate among veterinarians.
Pet food crisis
By James M. Lewis
National Report — A tidal wave of telephone calls from worried pet owners flooded veterinary practices nationwide last month after nearly 1 percent of all the pet food sold in the United States was recalled and later reported to have been contaminated with a rodent-killing toxin.
DVMs assist program that provides service dogs for combat veterans
By James M. Lewis
Princeton, Mass. – A large number of New England veterinarians are actively supporting a new program through which service dogs are trained specifically to assist disabled combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
New AAHA president cites goals, challenges
By Krista Schultz
Costa Mesa, Calif. — Improved communication, partnership and innovation are top priorities for Dr. Thomas Carpenter, new president of the American Animal Hospital Association.
Strengthening the DVM/pet owner bond
By Krista Schultz
Las Vegas –– Explaining care benefits, catering your communication style to each client's personality and showing genuine interest in a pet-owner's concerns and questions are, according to a recent study, the best ways to ensure that owners are willing to pay for the highest quality of care for their animals.
AAVMC maps legislative agenda, pushes $1.5-billion program
The move is designed to enhance Congress' support and the bill's chance of passing.
Veterinary care drives growth in pet sector, APPMA study says
Greenwich, Conn. – Pet-industry spending will top $40 billion in 2007, and the top market movers include animal health.
Three sentenced for robbery of DVM at home
By Krista Schultz
Springhill, La. –– Two men and a teenager were sentenced for holding a mixed-animal veterinarian at gunpoint while his house was ransacked. The veterinarian was at home with his daughter during the incident.
Modern messaging can signal risk
By Krista Schultz
National Report —When used with caution, the modern capabilities of e-mail and text messaging, now available on almost any cell phone or Blackberry, can improve and speed communication in a veterinary practice. But without appropriate limits, that practice can be damaged swiftly, experts say.
Human medications top list of pet poisons
Urbana, Ill. — Human medications were responsible for the most cases of pet poisoning in 2006, according to a new report from the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Heartworm campaign debuts at WVC
Las Vegas — A Web site created to support a public-relations campaign about heartworm was unveiled at the recently concluded Western Veterinary Conference.
GHLIT extends benefits to domestic partners
By Jennifer Fiala
Decision reflects Census report that unmarried couples head more than half of U.S. households.
Influenza expert received MIT award
Madison, Wis. — A University of Wisconsin-Madison veterinary school virologist was recognized for his research on how influenza viruses replicate and the genetic contributors to virulence.
Future veterinarians: a 25-year look ahead
By Jennifer Fiala
Washington — Veterinarians fill top levels of national security, protect public health and command a unique skill set used to defend the nation's food supply. Yet these highly trained professionals aren't licensed to practice small-animal medicine.
Foiling embezzlement – with reviews, rules, quesitions
By Krista Schultz
National Report –– Implementing simple review processes and business procedures can safeguard veterinary practices from embezzlement and the risks that come with it — fraud, theft and financial downfall.
Equine herpes virus case spurs Virgina quarantines
Richmond, Va.— State veterinary officials quarantined six farms in northern Virginia that could have come in contact with a horse infected with equine herpes virus-1 (EHV-1).
DVMs to play key role in 2010 World Equestrian Games
By James M. Lewis
Lexington, Ky. — Not even a team of horses will be able to keep Dr. Kent Allen, a Middleburg, Va., DVM who specializes in equine sports medicine, away from this city three and a half years from now.
Colorado bill would open practice of alternative modalities
By Krista Schultz
Denver, Colo. — Veterinary organizations lost the first round in a fight to quash a controversial bill that would allow unlicensed professionals to perform certain health services without veterinary referral or supervision.
Cold, hard cash: counterfeit on the rise
Washington — U.S. Secret Service agents removed $62 million in counterfeit bills from circulation last year, a 10 percent increase from the previous year, USA Today reports.
KSU receives $100,000 for beef-production course
Manhattan, Kan. — Kansas State University's veterinary program unveiled a six-week intensive beef-production medicine course, funded by a $100,000 gift from Pfizer Animal Health Beef Production Medicine Fund. The funds will be distributed over two years.
AAFP creates welfare committee, principles
By Jennifer Fiala
Miami — The American Association of Feline Practitioner (AAFP) seeks to cement its authority on welfare, devoting a committee to the topic and drafting principles for guidance.
CSU turns 100, celebrates contributions to science
Fort Collins, Colo. — Colorado State University's (CSU) veterinary college turned 100 this year.
And the 53 winners are ...
Overland Park, Kan. — Fifty-three grand-prize winners were named in Fort Dodge Animal Health's "Twice a Year for Life" sweepstakes.
Humor
This was work, not a spectator sport
I guess one of my favorite things about being a veterinarian is helping in the process of bringing a new critter into the world.
Small Animal
Brain infarction in canine patients
By Beatrix Nanai, DVM , Ronald Lyman, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Although brain infarction is the third leading cause of death in humans, cerebrovascular accidents are rarely reported in veterinary literature.
Emerging hepatobiliary diseases: know the syndromes
By Bethany Howe, DVM , Diane Monsein Levitan, VMD, DACVIM
In veterinary medicine, patients often are diagnosed with a generalized hepatic disease or disorder.
Functional occlusion: I'm OK, but are your patients, really?
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
I hung up the receiver after explaining to one of my clients why his "normally" undershot Shih Tzu's maxillary incisors needed be removed because they were penetrating the mandibular gingiva.
Vector-transmitted diseases in companion animals: Trends, risks, controls
By Linda Marie Wetzel
Mild winters, the northern migration of tick populations and the emergence of more frequent vector-borne zoonotic diseases left the editors of DVM Newsmagazine with questions.
Increasing number of vectors implicated in transmission
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Q. Please review bartonellosis in animals and humans.
Business
Playing the percentages Beware of pay pitfalls
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
Lou Swinney wheeled his new SUV into the cramped parking lot. A cup holding his morning java suddenly jarred forward as he made the abrupt stop. The inertia sent a quarter of the contents on an additional journey. Swinney quickly wiped the rim and base of the cup with a tissue and barreled out of the vehicle toward the front door, a wide briefcase trailing from his right arm like a broken rudder.
Office labor costs are increasing: Pass them on
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
The mean hourly wages of veterinary technicians and assistants were recently reported to be $12.90 and $9.90, respectively, as of March 2005. That was two years ago, so I would predict those figures will increase by 10 percent – to $14.14 and $10.90 – by the time you read this.
There's no commincation without understanding
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Confusion and misunderstanding often occur when two people attempt to communicate using two different languages.
Working well with working capital helps practices succeed
By Mark E. Battersby
To many veterinarians, working capital is simply the cash they have on hand to pay their bills. Others may understand that it also includes such assets as accounts receivable and inventory.
Starting a practice: Is it beyond your reach?
By James M. Lewis
Associates with a yen to open their own practice often face what might seem an insurmountable barrier.
Estate planning Face mortality to guard against a legal quagmire
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
Estate planning can be a real headache, but it is just one more thing that we do in order to protect our spouses and our dependents.
Success in cutting waste, boosting profit starts at top
By Marsha L. Heinke DVM, EA, CPA, CVPM
Current trends toward bigger veterinary practices — with more people using supplies, technology and equipment — and more part-time practitioners who don't have the concerns and pressures of ownership lead inevitably to decreasing profitability and higher debt.
6 keys to setting gold standard in medical records
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
An audit of these evidence-based decisions is essential to consistently practice and deliver quality medical care.
Equine
MegaStudy explores equine product market
Dallas — More than 85 percent of horse owners have a dog.
Equine viral arteritis: assessing the threat, causes and prevention
By Linda Marie Wetzel
Lexington, Ky. – The ongoing risk that equine viral arteritis (EVA) poses for American horses, its detection, carriers, possible new strains and the various means of prevention were the subject of a recent DVM Newsmagazine interview with expert Peter Timoney, MVB, PhD, FRCVS, chairman of the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He has spent 24 years studying EVA. We asked him the following questions:
Complexity of colic magnifies challenge of isolating its cause
By Ed Kane, PhD
Equine colic is "responsible for more deaths in horses than any disease group except old age." That's how Nathaniel A. White, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, described the insidious nature of the condition in a 2005 presentation to the American Association of Equine Practitioners in Quebec.
Food Animal
Bovine milk test can ID Johne's disease
National Report — Two companies engaged in animal testing and diagnostics have partnered to create the first USDA-approved test to identify Johne's disease in bovine milk samples.
New Products
Bayer's resQ identification system makes debut with universal reader
Shawnee Mission, Kan. — Bayer Animal Health launched resQ pet identification system, considered a safe and convenient ISO-compliant microchip system to help reunite pets with their owners, the company reports.
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